Norway helps boost disaster resilience

HA NOI  (VNS) — About 100,000 people in 34 disaster-prone communes in Binh Dinh, Phu Yen and Lao Cai provinces are equipped with the knowledge, skills and facilities required for disaster prevention and response.

The information was revealed at a workshop yesterday on the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The VND45.3 billion (US$2.1 million) project aims to increase the resilience of target communities against the negative impact of disasters, therefore reducing the loss of human life, property, health and livelihoods.

The project pays special attention to the most vulnerable groups such as women, children and people with disabilities, the elderly and those living in high-risk (disaster-prone) areas.

The project focuses on three main areas: infrastructure and facilities improvement; communication to enhance awareness and promote behavioral change of communities; and capacity building for government officials, Red Cross staff and volunteers in community-based disaster risk reduction.

"Disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are among the priorities of the Norwegian co-operation with Viet Nam. We are happy to contribute to these efforts," said Ragnhild Dybdahl, Deputy Head of Mission of the Norwegian Embassy in Viet Nam. From 1990 to 2010, Viet Nam ranked sixth among the 10 most disaster-affected countries in the world, according to the United Nations.


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